[kuh n-furmd]
  1. made certain as to truth, accuracy, validity, availability, etc.: confirmed reports of new fighting at the front; confirmed reservations on the three o'clock flight to Denver.
  2. settled; ratified.
  3. firmly established in a habit or condition; inveterate: a confirmed bachelor.
  4. given additional determination; made resolute.
  5. having received the religious rite of confirmation.

Origin of confirmed

First recorded in 1350–1400, confirmed is from the Middle English word confermyd. See confirm, -ed2
Related formscon·firm·ed·ly [kuh n-fuhr-mid-lee] /kənˈfʌr mɪd li/, adverbcon·firm·ed·ness [kuh n-fur-mid-nis, -furmd-] /kənˈfɜr mɪd nɪs, -ˈfɜrmd-/, nounun·con·firmed, adjectivewell-con·firmed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for well-confirmed


  1. (prenominal) long-established in a habit, way of life, etca confirmed bachelor
  2. having received the rite of confirmation
  3. (of a disease) another word for chronic
Derived Formsconfirmedly (kənˈfɜːmɪdlɪ), adverbconfirmedness (kənˈfɜːmɪdnɪs, -ˈfɜːmd-), noun
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Word Origin and History for well-confirmed



late 14c., of diseases, "firmly established," past participle adjective from confirm. Of persons and their habits, from 1826.

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